Rima Das’s ‘Village Rockstars’ out of Oscar race

India’s official entry to Oscar 2019 in the Foreign Language Film category is out of the race. Set in the Chhaygaon village in Assam, the film speaks about a girl child, who despite poverty follows her dream of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.

After losing the award, Rima shared a heartfelt on her social media account.

"How we have all grown since we first began. Back then, little did we - my band of rockstars and I -- know how far from the village our film would take us. From Toronto to Paris, Cairo to Los Angeles and even all the way back home, the love which greeted us in every town, at every screening, was beyond any of our wildest dreams.

"Without that love - all its warmth and generosity - we could not have made it as far as we have. So thank you. Thank you for opening your hearts to our film. For allowing it to enter you, live with you, breathe with you. Our journey towards the Oscars might end today, but it has been an incredible journey full of hopes and aspirations. Thank you for being there every step of the way."

She ended the note saying: "We will keep our faith alive to keep dreaming."

Bhanita Das is seen in the lead role. ‘Village Rockstars’ bagged Best Feature Film trophy at the 65th National Film Awards, as well as won honours for Best Child Artist, Best Location Sound Recordist and Best Editing.